News in Brief

Microsoft Delves Deeper Into Worker Analytics

Sep 4, 2015 |

The universe of data analytics categories continues to expand, and Microsoft said it is again buying into one of the newest: organizational analytics. The office software giant announced Thursday (Sept. 3) it is acquiring Seattle-based VoloMetrix, a specialist in “people analytics for the enterprise.” Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Microsoft said it would combine VoloMetrix’s organizational analytics technology with its existing Office       365 and Office Graph frameworks along with its Office Delve analytics tools previewed earlier this Read more…

FDA Releases Medical Device Database

Sep 3, 2015 |

In an attempt to spur innovation and advance scientific research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a range of information related to the development and regulation of new medical devices. Under its “OpenFDA” initiative, the agency that oversees food and drug safety also said this week its query tool API would expand previously released data about adverse events and recalls of medical devices. As it becomes cheaper to embed intelligence, the medical electronics sector is becoming one of Read more…

SAP Combines In-Memory Engine With Hadoop

Sep 2, 2015 |

A new in-memory query engine designed to boost interactive analytics capabilities on Hadoop has been added to SAP HANA along with other new cloud platform services. SAP HANA Vora software released this week aims to leverage and extend the Apache Spark execution framework to boost the performance of Hadoop. The query engine is designed to target distributed data to provide contextual awareness while improving “business process awareness” across enterprise applications and analytics, the company said Tuesday (Sept. 1). Vora aims Read more…

Kafka Tops 1 Trillion Messages Per Day at LinkedIn

Sep 2, 2015 |

There is data in motion, and then there is really big data in motion. The folks at LinkedIn gave us a compelling example of the latter today when it announced that it’s using the distributed messaging system Kafka to process more than 1.1 trillion messages per day. Kafka of course was born at LinkedIn. Around the year 2010, the social media company found it was struggling to adequately move data through batch-oriented messaging systems, and so three LinkedIn engineers—Jay Kreps, Read more…

Apache Spark Gets IBM Mainframe Connection

Sep 1, 2015 |

IBM’s recent embrace of Apache Spark is beginning to generate dividends in the form of open source contributions for a mainframe big data link to Spark. Big data software vendor Syncsort, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., said Tuesday (Sept. 1) it is contributing an IBM z System mainframe connector for Apache Spark that would allow easier access to mainframe data using Spark’s analytics and Spark SQL. The company described its latest mainframe connector as being similar to the Apache Sqoop link it Read more…

Carlyle Group Acquires Novetta

Aug 31, 2015 |

Privately held Novetta, a provider of an analytics platform designed to help clients sift through huge datasets never intended for analysis together, said it has been sold to the Carlyle Group. Arlington Capital Partners announced the deal to sell Novetta to the Washington, DC-based asset manager on Aug. 27. Novetta, McLean, Va., is best known for its cyber analytic offerings. It moved earlier this year to broaden its reach into the commercial market with a Hadoop-based solution called Novetta Entity Read more…

Intel Investments Seek to Speed Big Data Rollouts

Aug 27, 2015 |

Chipmaker Intel Corp. is expanding its push into big data with an equity investment and a technology partnership with BlueData, the startup that specializes in generating virtualized big data clusters. Along with the strategic technology alliance, BlueData, Mountain View, Calif., announced a $20 million funding round this week led by Intel Capital. Amplify Partners, Atlantic Bridge, Ignition Partners and an undisclosed investor joined the Series C funding round. The partnership calls for BlueData to tailor its big data infrastructure software Read more…

As Economy Tanks, Calls For More Big Data

Aug 26, 2015 |

Some practitioners of the “dismal science” are dismayed by what they contend is flawed, outdated and incomplete data used by the U.S. Federal Reserve to make its economic forecasts. As global stock markets gyrate in response to the economic slowdown in China, these economists argue that the Fed should be making greater use of readily available real-time economic data. Among these sources is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology initiative dubbed the “Billion Prices Project” that measures inflation using real-time data Read more…

Why Gartner Dropped Big Data Off the Hype Curve

Aug 26, 2015 |

When Gartner published its latest “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies” last week, there was a notable absence of one broad class of technology in particular: big data. The reasoning behind the move may surprise you. Big data has been a fixture on the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies for several years. In 2013, as big data-mania set in, the technology was near the “Peak of Inflated Expectations.” A year later, as the shine started wearing off, big data started slipping Read more…

Spark 1.5 to Incorporate ‘Tungsten’ Upgrades

Aug 25, 2015 |

A preview release of the Apache Spark open source in-memory processing framework incorporates major performance upgrades, according to Databricks Inc., the big data processing company founded by Spark’s creators. Databricks said Aug. 18 is expects to release Apache Spark 1.5 in a “few weeks,” adding the preview release would allow the Spark community to conduct quality assurance testing. Databricks said Spark 1.5 would focus on “under-the-hood changes to improve Spark’s performance, usability and operational stability.” Included in the latest release Read more…